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CanadaBanff campground remains closed as wolf attack investigation continues

16:20  12 august  2019
16:20  12 august  2019 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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+ An early-morning wolf incident has closed Rampart Creek Campground in Banff National Park. At around 1 a.m. Friday morning, Parks Canada received a report of a wolf attacking a tent in the campground , leaving one camper with injuries to their hand and arm.

The Banff campground will remain closed until a full investigation is completed. As a safety precaution, the campground will remain closed until a full investigation is completed. Dr. Gilbert Proulx, of Alberta Wildlife Research Management Ltd., told the Calgary Herald he was extremely

Banff campground remains closed as wolf attack investigation continues© File A wolf is seen in this file photo.

A campground in Banff National Park remains closed as the investigation into a wolf attack continues.

Parks Canada is awaiting results of DNA tests to confirm that a wolf euthanized after the attack was the one involved. As a preventive measure, the Rampart Creek campground on the Icefields Parkway will be closed until the investigation is completed, which could take one day to a week, said Parks Canada spokesman Gregg Walker.

“We need to make sure that the wolf that was destroyed up there very shortly after the incident is, in fact, the wolf that is involved with the incident,” said Walker.

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A wolf that attacked a tent and injured a camper has been killed and the campground has been closed after a rare incident took place in Banff National Park Around 1 a.m. on Friday, Parks Canada received a report of a wolf attack at Rampart Creek Campground off the Icefields Parkway

Wolf euthanized following attack at Banff campground . The wolf believed to be involved was found about one kilometre south of the campground , which was closed pending an investigation . Parks Canada continues to monitor wildlife activity in the area and will take further steps if necessary While researching caribou, Proulx said he frequently came within close range of wolves that would prove

The camper was in a tent with his family of four at the packed campground when he was attacked by a wolf, sustaining injuries to his hand and arm. Campers from neighbouring campsites stepped in to help the victim scare away the large animal immediately after the attack.

The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, according to Walker.

A wolf was found one kilometre from the site when it was euthanized. Genetic samples were taken from the scene of the incident, such as wolf hair in the tent. The DNA found at the scene will be compared to that of the wolf to confirm the organization’s suspicions.

“They’ll try to cross-match the two at a wildlife genetics lab,” said Walker.

Once it’s determined if the correct wolf was euthanized, Parks Canada will also look into the condition of the animal. The dead wolf will be tested for disease, age and other information that could inform them of what led it to attack.

Banff campground closed after wolf attack

Banff campground closed after wolf attack The wolf left one person with injuries to their hand and arm after attacking a tent in the Rampart Creek Campground.

A wolf that attacked a tent and injured a camper has been killed and the campground has been closed after a rare incident took place in Banff National Park Around 1 a.m. on Friday, Parks Canada received a report of a wolf attack at Rampart Creek Campground off the Icefields Parkway

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Walker considers this type of attack extremely rare, saying human-wolf encounters aren’t common anywhere in Canada. No wildlife attractants were found in the surrounding area, which was a part of the investigation.

“There’s been more investigation through the weekend but there were no wildlife attractants on that campsite in the tent or anywhere nearby. There also were no wildlife attractants or contact with wolves in that area in Banff National Park, at least, in recent history,” said Walker. “There was no indication of any problem up there and there were no ongoing problems with wildlife attractants there.”

Parks Canada’s priority will always be human safety but that’s balanced with a pledge to conserve wildlife, according to Walker.

“Our main program for many years has been around trying to encourage, promote, educate and build compliance around safe ways of acting in the parks and around wildlife,” said Walker.

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A family on a camping trip woke up to a wolf attacking them. They were saved by a nearby camper..
A family on a camping trip woke up to a wolf attacking them. They were saved by a nearby camper.

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